Join us for a Cryptoparty on Saturday September 28th, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, at the South End Tech Center, 359 Columbus Avenue in Boston. We’ll focus on Mesh Networks in general, and on CJDNS in particular. We will also have key signing.
Have you heard of a mesh network? Mother Jones reports on a mesh net in Athens:
It’s actually faster than the Net we pay for: Data travels through the mesh at no less than 14 megabits a second, and up to 150 Mbs a second, about 30 times faster than the commercial pipeline I get at home. (They) can send messages, video chat, and trade huge files without ever appearing on the regular internet. And it’s a pretty big group of people: Their Athens Wireless Metropolitan Network has more than 1,000 members, from Athens proper to nearby islands. Anyone can join for free by installing some equipment. “It’s like a whole other web […] [i]t’s our network, but it’s also a playground.”
Imagine, no telecom bill, no NSA spying on your online activity. Heck, don’t just imagine it, do it! What the Greeks have built out of necessity, we can do to free ourselves of centralized monopolies.
Our afternoon of mesh networking will come with a special bonus — we’ll be joined by Caleb James DeLisle, the “CJD” in “CJDNS”. Caleb will speak about various threat motives behind network attacks, common methods used to attack networks, the specific challenges to mesh networking and the defenses which cjdns brings to bear on the problem. We’re planning on a 30 minute talk, followed by Q & A, and a hands-on networking workshop. Of course, there will be key signing, too. It’s a great opportunity to get your hands dirty with the technology!
This is a free workshop, but contributions to the South End Tech Center would be sincerely appreciated. If you are interested in participating, just show up or contact William Fleurant (@wfleurant / firstname.lastname@example.org) or Steve Revilak (@Purple_Bandanna / email@example.com). You can also signup at our Facebook event. Hope to see you Saturday the 28th!
Can’t make it on the 28th? Don’t worry, we’re doing another Cryptoparty at the Digital Media Conference, October 25-27th at Lesley University.
Think we are too Boston centered? So do we! Find us a place outside of greater Boston and we will be happy to schedule our next Cryptoparty there. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or make a comment below.